What kind of volunteer opportunities are there for students going into the computer engineering field? Is it too late to start as a junior?
I want to pursue a career in this field and am not sure if I qualify to be in it. #computer-science #computer-engineering
In terms of jobs, companies definitely don't care when you started going into your field as long as you graduated with a relevant degree, and some companies are even relaxing that nowadays! I've seen people in tech with all sorts of degrees: linguistics, mechanical engineering, psychology, physics, econ, etc.
In terms of volunteering, hackathons always need volunteer help. I'd recommend looking into local or virtual hackathons that you can help out at, because you'll be able to get exposure to computer engineering and make some friends in the field who can help you advance. You could also reach out to computer eng professors with research groups or labs to see if they'd be able to give you some work.
Volunteering is a little bit of a challenge.
I know some local boys & girls clubs look for assistance with their STEM programs. That could give you a nice taste if you like STEM type of fields.
If the idea of getting your hands on a raspberry PI, contriving some cool configurations, and coding it to work is appealing to you, then you're in the right direction.
I personally believe that there is no age for learning what you like. If you want to earn a degree then the university rules may apply.
My recommendation would be visit any of the online learning websites and check the basic programming courses. That should give you a feel of what it really comprises of and it will also reassure your interest.
Once you have done that I suppose you can start learning any of the available programming languages. That should prepare you for joining the league of developers at the entry level
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